Getting around

Things to do in Doncaster | Getting around

Nestled between the M1 and the M62, Doncaster has excellent road links across the country. And with over 100 trains pulling through its station, which is on the main east coast route between London and Edinburgh, you can move north or south quickly.


Airport transfers

Just six miles from the town centre, Doncaster shares its airport with nearby Sheffield. More than five airlines fly to over 35 destinations from the Doncaster Sheffield Airport – also known as Robin Hood – with over one million flyers using the airport in 2016. The airport has strong train, coach, taxi and car hire networks, while the X4 shuttle bus runs between the terminal and town every 30 minutes and takes around 25 minutes.

Alternatively, Manchester Airport is 80 miles to the west and will take around 90 minutes by car or two hours by train. If you want to stay there overnight, there are plenty of our hotels near Manchester Airport.

Airport transfers


Public transport

Just several miles from the M1, allowing quick and easy access north and south, Doncaster is perfectly placed to explore the region and beyond. Factor in the M18 and the nearby M62, which stretches across the Pennines from Hull to Liverpool, and you can be in Leeds in half an hour or Manchester in just over an hour.

The town centre has plenty of car parking options, with most hourly rates starting at £1 and council car parks free to use after 6pm. There are several park and ride schemes in Doncaster, offering free parking and bus returns starting from £1.

Public transport

There are several bus companies offering local and national services, including First South Yorkshire, Arriva and Stagecoach, all of which operate out of the Doncaster Frenchgate Interchange which is part of the shopping centre, very close to the train station.


Train stations

Built in 1849, Doncaster Railway Station is an impressive building that has been renovated several times, most recently in 2003.

There are ten platforms in total and, connecting the East Coast Mainline and Cross Country, it’s a major train hub. The station has an impressive place in history as it was here at the Great Northern Railway’s Doncaster Plant that they build the Mallard and Flying Scotsman, two of the greatest steam engines ever built.

Doncaster Railway Station

With 64 trains a day travelling to and from London, getting to the capital from Doncaster couldn’t be easier and can take as little as one hour 35 minutes. Factor in strong connections with York, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle – and further north and south – and you can see why Doncaster is a major train travel hub in South Yorkshire. On the eastern edge of the town centre, the station also connects to the Frenchgate Shopping Centre.


Looking for a hotel in Doncaster?

Our three Doncaster hotels are perfect for exploring this historic Yorkshire town that boasts Roman remains, magnificent Georgian and Regency architecture and glorious green spaces.